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biden didn't even bring it up once last week. and the nra has already made it clear that it would fight tooth and nail for -- against such assault weapons ban, and not just on principle, the nra has a vested interest in defeating a ban. here is how the nra directly profits from the sale of assault weapons. one of the nation's top gun sellers is midway usa, and they have a round up program. when a customer bias gun from midway, they give the customer the option of rounding up to the nearest dollar. and the difference goes to the nra for their national endowment of protection of the second amendment. last year alone the nra made a million dollars this way. and of course naturally the nra opposes the band and their opposition carries a lot of weight with house republicans. here is nra president yesterday talking about whether he thinks the president will push for an assaults weapons ban. >> when a president takes all of the power of his office if he's willing to expand political capitol, you don't want to bet your house on the outcome, but i would say that they ar
and -- chris: background checks? >> full background checks. the n.r.a. is going to be too smart by half here. they're going to totally oppose any kind of gun restrictions. and what they're going to end up with is the kind of background -- full background check scheme that the tea party types and the n.r.a. really don't like but what's really necessary. chris: let's talk about the n.r.a. this week they were very rejectionist and said get out of here and we're not doing anything. where are they going to end up? >> as howard was just saying on the background checks, one of the things that makes that particular issue different is that you have a lot of industry onboard. so people who sell guns, a company like wal-mart, they benefit if background checks are being applied to the loophole gun sales that currently are actually stealing their business. so areas where the n.r.a. can find common ground with business and common ground with the white house is where you will see the most action. chris: when it's all done and the dust settles what will the american people do through their congress to get s
. >> thanks. >> chris: i want to put up remarkable numbers i saw. the nra contributed 20 million today's federal campaigns last year, $20 million and gun control groups gave $4,000. and 50% of the members of the new congress, in fact, more than half have an a rating from the nra. given all of that, how do you and other groups that feel as you you to hope to take on the gun lobby in practical terms? how do you match their money and their clout on capitol hill? >> look, are the nra is spent a lot of money on the elections last cycle and they didn't have to lot to show for it especially if you look at the senate. a lot of their candidates lost and they had a very if we are looking at return on investment they had a very low return on investment. of course, the nra s a strong lobby. the issue here is who s going to represent the voices of the american people in this debate. things that seem like common sense to the american people. they scrub stand that we need to protect people's right to own a gun in their own home and protect themselves but there is something tragically wrong when there
to put up remarkable numbers them. nra contributed $20 million to federal campaigns last year. $20 million and gun control groups gave $4,000. and, 50% of the members of the new congress, more than half have an a-rating from the nra. given all of that, how do you and other groups that feel as you do, hope to take on the gun lobby in practical terms? how do you match their money and clout on capitol hill. >> look, the nra spent a lot of money on the elections last cycle and didn't have a lot to show for it, especially if you look at the senate and a lot of their candidates lost and, we're looking at return on investment, they had a very low return on investment. but, of course the nra is a very strong lobby and, i think the issue here is, who is going to represent the voices of the american people in this debate? we are talking about things that seem like common sense to the american people and they understand we need to protect people's rights to own a gun in their own home an protect themselves but there is something tragically wrong when there is mass slaughter and we have to sol
of pressures especially when you consider the influence of the nra. >> okay, kelly o'donnell, thanks very much. >>> with us now is former pennsylvania congressman and three-star admiral joe sestak. very hard to get big, sweeping gun reform passed and there's very little that the president can do by way of executive authority that, you know, is big. for example, the assault weapons ban or banning any kind of weapons, banning high-capacity magazines, all of these things are congressional approval and what little he can do sort of strengthening the tracking devices, you know, tracking of weapons and trafficking of weapons, mental health checks, those are things that he could do without congress but obviously don't have the teeth that a lot of gun control advocates looking for. when he gets this proposal today and looks it over, is he hoping, do you think, to see some of these big, big ticket items in it and knows it's politically difficult or hoping to see sort of the lower end things and actually maybe put some of those in to implementation? >> you know, s.e. depends upon what the president want
with the nra. >> climate change increases our risks of being on monday. >> 2012 is the hottest year on record in history. >> i am not a football coach, but as remarkable player as he is, he was not in a position to continue playing. >> the most debated story in washington this week, rg3 and his wounded knee, and washington's broken hearts. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- hello, i'm mark shields, sitting in this week for bordon peterson. president obama did not have to look very far to find his new treasury secretary, jack lew. at the announcement, the president and outgoing treasury secretary timothy geithner. >> our economy is better positioned for tomorrow than most of those other countries hit by the financial crisis. the tough decisions tim made and carried out deserve a lot of credit for that. i understand that tim is ready for a break. obviously, we are sad to see him go, but i cannot think of a better person to continue tim 's work at treasury than jack lew. >> unlike most treasury secretaries, jack lew earn his stripes and a washington and not wall st
. >> and the debate over guns, one month after 26 children and adults were killed in newtown, and with the nra saying assault weapon ban would not pass congress, the president urged house members to, quote, examine their own conscience. >> the belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a much better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high capacity out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them, an assault weapons ban that's meaningful, that those are things i continue to believe make sense. will all of them get through this congress? i don't know. >> and joining me live now, democratic congresswoman jackie spear of california, vice chair of the new gun violence task force. congresswoman, thank you so much for your time. since you are on this task force, i would like to start off with the president's comments on gun control legislation. he says later this week we'll hear more specifics, but as i mentioned, you had the nra saying that they're doubtful that any legislation at least involving banning assault weapons would make it through congress. you have su
plus universal background checks. a lifelong member of the nra, national rifle association supports such a measure. >>> i want to know and hear from them why do you have a magazine and need a larger magazine? you can't just push the nra away and law abiding gun owners away you have to be at the table and find out what the preference is of protect that go. >> the nra believes the root of the problem is mental illness. it is pushing for a measure to keep those gun owns out of hands of people. >> there's no way to spot these problems. some of the most horrendous of the mass murders including the one in newtown would not have been stopped a background check. the gun is stolen. the person has no prior criminal record. >> he believes it would not get any support or get past but the president promises full use of his offices to put something in place that would address america meaning they could use a grant to offer tougher measures. >> hotly debated issues. thank you very much kelly wright. >> a tale of two temperatures warm in the east and a winter chill in the west. philadelphia people
't think any of those things work. >> a confident n.r.a. president said on cnn they will win. >> do you think you have enough support on capitol hill to keep an assault weapons ban from passing? >> right now we do. >> after sandy hook elementary school, polls showed a majority of americans favored stricter gun control. that may not translate into action on capitol hill. nearly 300 members of congress have an a rating from the n.r.a. for opposition to all gun control measures. with just the threat of stricter laws looming, many americans are rushing to stock up on weapons and ammunition. as the gun control debate heats up in statehouses and in washington, the still grieving parents are debating what does do with sandy hook elementary school. >> knocking down the school is knocking down the memories of the children. >> knock it down and make it sacred ground. >> the white house has signaled if the congress does not act the president willutive ode enraging gun rights advocates. >> developing news: the first president george bush is out of the houston hospital where he has been since novem
guns in the wrong hands. the nra says it merely guards against frivolous lawsuits aimed at breaking gun makers. he joins us live in this exclusive interview. >> thank you. good to be with you. >> ted kennedy said this law was bought and paid for by the nra. in your mind, what was the intent behind this law? >> the time it was passed, there were a number of suits, predominantly by municipalities against the gun industry meant to attack against the sale of saturday night specials. the proponents of the law claimed it was designed to protect them from liability simply by making an inherently dangerous product. it was written much more broadly than that. the effect has been, when gun sellers or gun manufacturers act negligently, they're immune from any kind of liability. so you can have gun dealers turning a blind eye to the sale of hundreds of weapons to straw purchasers, and when those guns are resold or conveyed to people, criminals that use them to kill people, then they can't be held liable. that makes no sense. it's a protection not needed by the good actors and not deserved by the ba
the washington talk and all of the nra propaganda and that's what made the president's comments on gun control so important today. at a news conference, he announced he was meeting with vice president biden to discuss his proposals and said by the end of this week, he will announce his plans to the american people. >> my starting point is not to worry about the politics. my starting point is to focus on what makes sense. what works. what shouldn we be doing to mak sure that our children are safe and that we're reducing the incidence of gun violence. if there's a stem thp that we c take that will save even one child, we should take that step. >> we should take that step. and, already, steps are being made. today, the mayor's group released an ad. new york governor andrew quomo is on the verge of sweeping legislation at the state level. and maryland governor is pushing for legislation of his own. change is happening. change will happen. and no one, not the nra, not gun lobbyists, no one should substantial doubt in the way. >> those who oppose any common sense gun control or gun safety measures h
president and his task force send recommendations to the oval office. the head of the nra says he is ready to fight. >> the likelihood is they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> stay right there. more voices from the gun control debate in a minute. >>> first, police in san diego were forced to shoot a man with a gun who ran inside a movie theater. it happened yesterday. police responding to a domestic call chased the armed suspect into a crowded theater. witnesses say moviegoers poured out as police raced inside. an officer shot the suspect, the suspect survived but is in critical condition. >>> a political wound may be reopened in egypt. former president hosni mubarak has won his appeal and is going to get a new trial. an egyptian court overturned mubarak's life sentence for his role in the killing of protesters during egypt's revolution. mubarak supporters cheered in court when the decision came down. mubarak will remain in custody until his new trial starts. his lawyer says the next court date likely in april. >>> hundreds of thousands of pe
, if i might begin with you, the president of the nra, david keene, says an assault weapons ban would never make it through congress and that any limits on high capacity ammunition clips would also fail and larry pratt h executive director of the gun owners of america, says background checks are a complete waste of time. so why don't we all now go home and look forward to the next mass shooting. >> yeah. we might as well. you know what? and while we're at it let's give up on the debt ceiling, give up on health care implementation. you know, why bother? we're not going to solve any problems because it's going to be too hard to ask our members of congress to do their job? here is the thing though, you know, look at how intensified and ugly the rhetoric got last week, talks of insurrection and 1776 and stalin and hitler and then over the weekend these pronouncements that it's not going to happen, no way. what that tells you they're becoming increasingly desperate because there's also a gallup poll out today that showed once again americans aren't buying their brand of rhetoric anymore. s
in actual federal legislation without flaws. the nra does not speak for all gun owners. the nra is mostly a lobbying organization and represent gun manufacturers and is mostly motivated by profit. the time is now. i am not naive to think of the limits on guns will create a crime free world. there are a host of additional areas to be addressed such as mental health and educational issues. i think we can minimize killing. the time is now. [applause] >> thank you very much. >> good evening. peter alexander. i wrote my notes down. almighty see, almighty be. with the almighty spirit be upon us all. highest praise on to the living lord. we wrestle not with flesh and blood. mental illness be with those seeking to maintain the insane, resulting in homeless vets and children, never-ending wars. the slaughterhouse murder of 14 million sentenced today and the day after and day after. also connecting to dennis kucinich's current effort assisting gulf war vets from 92 to 2002, murdered by genocide. my knowledge a firsthand. i have been privy to conversations with these people throughout the 1980's. on
. the vice president is expected to present a plan that includes a ban on assault weapons. however, the nra says it does have enough votes in congress to block a new assault weapons ban. similar ban from '94 to 2004 was allowed to expire because democrats, after they passed it the first time around, lost a lot of seats in congress and said we're not going to touch this again and people don't want to mess with it because of the perceived power of the nra. that's how powerful the nra is to say it ain't going to pass this time. >> if you look at some of the studies that have been done, really that ban saved lives. if you look at some of the studies. >> i've heard a lot of mixed debate how impactful it was. the crime didn't decrease. it didn't really increase when it expired. >> but there was some new studies out. i think it did certainly make a difference. depending on what you believe. >> we'll see. mixed opinion on that one. >>> the president's choice as the next defense secretary begins critical meetings this week on capitol hill, former senator chuck hagel has come under fire for his remar
that they face on that front given the fact that joe manchin and others is an "a" rated by the nra, democrat from west virginia. couple weeks ago immediately after newtown, he was quite open. he said everything should be on the table and in some of the things that we've heard him say over the last 24 to 48 hours where he said the idea of an assault weapons ban alone is just not going to stand. it needs to be something comprehensive. appears clear that there is a lot of challenge to that ban being reinstated in congress. >> peter, we're going the ask you to stand by. i'm going to go to the reverend al sharpton, el shultz here in studio with me. gentlemen, i want to show everybody the front page of politico, double trouble, house gop eyes default, and shutdown. ed, as we just heard peter talking about there, the language being used by republicans in washington, d.c. right now. it will be interesting to hear how the president comes out. is this his first volley at getting to sell this to the american people? >> well, i think it's important that the president come out and set the tone of what the par
to be confirmed. since then, they have not had a director confirmed. the nra and other organizations have blocked any nomination as a result of that. host: we can get into that in this segment of the washington journal, focusing on the atf. calls are open -- phone lines are open for your calls. george's waiting from ohio on our independent line. good morning. caller: good morning. this is about control. i've understand there's a product called ssar-15 that enables a semi-automatic gun to converted to an automatic operation, like a machine gun. why would atf approve such a device for public? guest: you are getting into some technicalities of the atf's regulatory power. one of the things they constantly face is the issue of the second amendment and there's only so much they can do if congress does not allow them to ban a particular product, there's not much they can do as far as prohibiting it from being sold. that's one of the problems in recent years with the assault weapons ban, which is now being discussed again. it recently expired. it prevented the sale of certain firearms, semi-automatic fir
of recommendations sometime tomorrow. mean time, the nra says congress will likely block any new law that would ban assault rifles. the nra has so far prevented passage of another assault weapons ban like the one that expired back in 2004. >>> still ahead at 11:00, ryan wilson may be in an empire state of mind. the latest reports on one of the most popular giants in team history. >> a surprise news conference with the president this morning during which he warns congress he will not get in a fight over this country's debt limit. i'm bob redell. that story coming up. >>> plus, has apple lost its cool? we'll take a look in business news. >>> in a surprise move today, president obama holding his very last news conference of his first term. he used the encounter to address the debt ceiling debate soon to be heating up on capitol hill. bob redell joining us live from the newsroom with the latest details on president obama's speech. good morning. >> good morning, jon. president obama used his final news conference of his first term to demand that congress raise this country's debt limit, warning lawmaker
that he is ready for a fight over his response to this and trying to get more done control. the nra is gearing up for a battle to end says that eight of assault weapons ban battle to end says that eight of assault weapons ban would get staples is the number 1 office super store ink retailer in america. battle to end says that eight of assault weapons ban would get now get $6 back in staples rewards for every ink cartridge you recycle when you spend $50 on hp ink. staples, that was easy. >> opening bell on wall street and two straight winning weeks for the nasdaq and it looks like we are going to be starting up a bit lower this morning futures were down 15 points. apple was down to $501 a sale at 18 1/2 dollars right now. stock is dropping $200 since september. they are cutting parts orders for the iphone five. we will have more coming up with our financial expert at 645. >> time is now 630 a m and the san francisco 49ers are in the nfc championship game for the second straight year. the niners will take on the falcons on sunday in atlanta and kickoff is at noon time. more problems f
ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips. the nra is, of course showing strong obviouspposition to. this yesterday ocnn's face the nation, group president david keen said an assault weapons ban will not make its way through congress. keen also reinforced his earlier stand he will not compromise second amendment rights but he did say he would support a data base from mentally i will people top prevent them from buying a firearm liberal think tank is giving recommendations that includes 13 items and that does include universal background checks. we will be right back. we have a big big hour and the iq will go way up. (vo) current tv gets the converstion started weekdays at 9am eastern. >> i'm a slutty bob hope. >> you are. >> the troops love me. (vo) tv and radio talk show host stephanie miller rounds out current's morning news block. >> you're welcome current tv audience for the visual candy. just be grateful current tv does not come in smellivision. the sweatshirt is nice and all but i could use a golden lasso. (vo) only on current tv. [ male
the nra there, and the head of the nra spoke with candy crowley yesterday. here is a portion of that interview. >> when a president takes all the power of his office, if he's willing to expend political capital, you don't want to make predictions. you don't want to bet your house on the outcome. i would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> you mentioned assault weapons ban, one of the items the vice president mentioned possibly as part of his proposal. you heard what he just said, that coming from the nra. what do you think? >> well, the nra is going to use the muscle that it has used in prior congresses to try and fear, put fear into members' voting decisions, trying to tell them they're going to lose their elections. interestingly enough, in 2008, more recently in 2012, the nra did very poorly in terms of getting their candidates elected. we have got to do what's right for the american people. we shouldn't have a situation where people are afraid to go to a movie, to go -- to take their kids to
and center this week. the vice president meets with house members this morning after talking to the nra, other groups, the media, all that happened over the course of last week, as you know. mr. biden is expected to make his recommendations to the president as early as tomorrow. kelly wright is on this for us this morning live in washington. what can we expect tomorrow, kelly? >> reporter: the vice president is expected to propose tighter controls on sought weapons as well as high-capacity magazines that hold 30 rounds or more plus universal background checks. senator joe manchin a lifelong member of the nra is open to such a plan and would like to see more. >> i would like to hear from them why you need a larger magazine. you can't push the nra and law-abiding gun owners, you have have them at the table. what are their preference protecting that. >> reporter: nra has made it clear it is not in favor of any ban on assault weapons. so the up tense battle on both sides will likely continue, martha. martha: what are we seeing from the nra as what they think will happen on the president's p
and center on this sunday. our elected leaders, crisscrossing the talk shows, the nation's gun lobby and n.r.a. expressing confidence that an assault weapons ban already being talked about in washington will not make it through congress. the n.r.a. is standing by over concerns of a meeting with vice-president joe biden saying the obama administration needs to stop focusing solely on guns and gun owners. >> we wish instead of talking about guns specifically, that t they would have addressed what will we do in the future. what will we do about a broken mental health system that allows people potentially violent to be on the streets? >> and a liberal think tank weighing in for the first time shall the center for american progress announcing it's joining a full scale campaign to push for more gun control laws. >> the organizations will be working to work in the states, and ensure at that we have the voice and really have the american people and really gun owners who listen to the proposals, their voices at the table as well. >> harris: all of this in the wake of a week long series of meetings hos
for those ideas in congress. >> reporter: the president of the national rifle association says the nra has enough votes to block a ban on military style rifles. >> the likelihood they are not going to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> joe biden is set to deliver his proposals for tougher gun control laws to president obama next week. he is expected to reintroduce the assault rifle ban. universal background checks, right now they are only required when a gun is purchased at a retailer. it would close the loopholes and require background checks for any sale of a gun. and limiting ammunition clips, limiting them to ten rounds. a top lawmaker is calling on retailers to suspend assault type rifles until congress acts. >> they are flying off the shelves at our gun stores. >> it has caused a near stampede of gun buying. people lined up around the block at this gun show in manchester. another gun show in new york drew protestors from both sides. >> this is an opportunity for us to stand up against gun violence >>. >> nationwide run on ammo. >> there has been more demand for ammu
health for gun-control. >> this needs to have a result driven dialogue. >> the nra is gearing up for battle. >> i would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get assault rifles. >> joe biden met with several people let last week and is expected to make recommendations to the president by tuesday. in the meantime, one senator that is selling firearms is urged to take the first step. >> i am urging these retail stores to stop the cell of large scale ammunition vehicles-ammunition and arms until congress can come to an agreement. >> is going to take a long time before an agreement and closure after that terrible massacre. april williams, kron 4 >> lance armstrong says that he is ready to speak candidly as he prepares for an interview with oprah winfrey. rumors have been swirling that armstrong is ready to admit his use of performance enhancing drugs in the interview. that interview is scheduled to air on thursday. a person with knowledge of the situation has said that armstrong will give a limited confession and apologize. this would be the first public re
what he said is a comprehensive approach to gun control. the nra and others don't believe in assault weapons ban can pass in congress. we'll get his recommendations tomorrow. >> thank you. >>> colin powell is speaking out on nbc's "meet the press" he endorsed chuck hagel to be the new defense secretary. he said hagel would do a great job at the pentagon. powell also fired harsh words at his own republican party. >> there's also a dark -- a dark vain of intolerance in some parts of the party. what do i mean by that? what i mean by that they still sort of look down on minorities. how can i evidence that? when i see a former governor say that the president is shucking and jiving. >> powell added that the gop is having an identity problem and if it doesn't change they're going to be in trouble. >>> president obama ordered american forces to help france in a failed rescue operation in somalia. the u.s. briefly provided limited technical support to french forces trying to rescue an intelligence agent being held by islamic extremists. a second french shoulder has died from gunshot wounds af
schumer has asked all major gun owners retailers-- gun retailers i should say, to stop sales. >> the n.r.a. is not backing down. after calling for armed guards in schools, released an iphone app, practice range, uses a four and up, gives people access to the organize's legal resources. latest news, safety tips and includes a mini game that lets users test virtual guns. signs of decisions, saratoga springs, new york, went ahead with a gun show over the weekend. thee anti-gun protests, one pro demonstration, did not stop people from showing up. record attendance. and tomorrow, vice-president biden expect today deliver gun control recommendations, three measures expected, one, limit high capacity magazines, two, universal background checks and three, an assault weapons ban. an executive order bypassing congress is possible on any of these measures. this is a contentious debate. remember this? piers morgan. >> i honestly don't understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves? it's incomprehensible. >> you're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't
evening. >> hello. >> the president of the nra says it's unlikely the president could get a ban through congress but the president said he will get something done with or without congress. saying it's time to put politics aside when it comes to finding ways to stop gun violence, president obama today said he plans to review the recommendations of the task force headed up by vice president and will "vigorously pursue their imple mation" and not necessarily with the help of congress. >> i'm confident there are some steps we can take that don't require legislation. and that are within my authority as president. >> the suggestion that he would act unilaterally that concerns the second amendment advocates. >> i'm not super pro-gun but i still feel like i want to get up with before they are illegal to get. >> in the wake of discussions about restricting guns, it was the highest month for background checks. 50% increase over the previous december. the president was asked about the anecdotal evidence of long lines and empty shelves at gun stores. >> those who oppose any common sense gun control
seemed to generate new -- fresh opposition from that ban to the nra and even harry reid question wlits could pass congress. given that how hard will you push for an assault weapons ban and what other measures would need to be included in a broad package in order to curb gun violence successfully? >> like i said t vice president and a number of the members of my cabinet went through a very thorough progress over the past month, meeting a lot of stake holders in this, including the nra, listened to proposals from all quarters and they presented me now with a list of sensible common sense steps that can be taken to make sure that the kinds of violence we saw at newtown doesn't happen again, i am going to be meeting with the vice president today, i expect to have a fuller presentation later in the week to give people some specifics about what i think we need to do. my starting point is not to worry about the politics, my starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works. what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that hear reducing the incidence of gun vio
. the president of the nra says, listen, assault weapon ban will not pass. that legislation will not pass. i'll play a little bit of what he said over the weekend. >> when a president takes all the power of his office, if he is willing to expend political capital, you don't want to make predictions. you don't want to bess beth your house on the outcome, but i would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this congress. >> you have said you disagree with that, that you think, in fact, it would happen. why are you confident? >> well, that's his job to say that it can't pass, but the nra is reeling right now because they are fundamentally out of step with where this country is now, and, frankly, where gun owners are. the fact is that everything did change when this tragedy happened in newtown. the president was transformed. he is personally committed to an assault weapons ban and a high capacity magazine ban in a way that he never has been before. >> he mentioned political capital, and that's a very, i think, interesting question, righ
that will pit the white house squarely against the nra. and its many supporters in congress. >> do you think that an assault weapons ban can pass congress? >> no. >> do you think it should? >> no. >> reporter: in fact, well over the congress, more than 288 members of congress have an "a" rating from the nra for opposing any or all gun control measures. one senator says gun control alone cannot be the answer. >> we have to change the culture of mass violence we have. if you think it's only about guns, and that would change the culture, you would be wrong. >> reporter: white house officials tell me that the president will act quickly on vice president biden's recommendations. you can expect them to be a big part of the upcoming state of the union address. george? >> okay, jon, thanks. >>> earlier, i spoke with jimmy greene, and nelda marquez-greene. along with another newtown parent. about the national promise. i began asking about their daughter, ana. >> she was full of life. full of love. she knew how to give the best hugs and the best kisses. and, you know, we look at her empty bed now and
on this. the nra feels very, very strongly. gun owners feel very, very strongly. the same time, the american people are concern about the kinds of things that are happening in our society. surely, we can't get the whole ball of wax, i hope that there will be a way to find something in this continuum of things we can do that we are able to do to demonstrate to the american people that this problem is being taken seriously. >> general powell, we will leave it there >> thank you, david. >>> we will goal go inside the fights that dominate washington, not just over the president's cabinet but spending cuts and policy issues, like the war in afghanistan and new gun control legislation. our roundtable is here to help break it all down. democratic mayor of newark, corey beaker, former republican governor of mississippi you haley barbour, republican strategist mike murphy and our own chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, up next, after this short break. we're sitting on a bunch of shale gas. there's natural gas under my town. it's a game changer. ♪ it means cleaner, ch
story about the history of the nra, and it basically talked about how it went from being a marksman, sportsman's organization to a very powerful weapons lobby. in the piece they write that the nra is absolutist in their interpretation of the second amendment. >> the president was asked today about gun sales and the fact that since newtown gun sales have increased, and we're seeing sort of that trend born out, which is to say the more people feel threatened that perhaps they may not be able to get their bushmaster rifles, the more they go out and buy them, but the more ob stinent the argument against any sort of gun reform becomes. >> right. i mean, one of the things that happens every time people think they're going to be more strict gun laws, you know, they go out and buy more guns, and i understand that. i thought what the president said is exactly right. you start with a blunt package going for all the things that you think will help. the question i have -- i actually believe the white house really doesn't know this. the president himself said had. just counting noses, how far oo
to include people with mental difficulties and criminal checks, i mean, the nra has opposed this time and time again. they don't want a database because they don't want these background checks. i mean -- >> why are they against them? >> they don't want any limitations on people to buy beguns, including people who shouldn't be able to buy guns. i mean, 46%, as the congresswoman just said, can buy guns without having to go through a background check because they go to gun shows, buy online, or buy from the buddy down the street or some guy they met in the bar five minutes ago. and the nra has consistently fought against doing anything about those sort of gun sales. now, i think this is -- >> why don't they sell guns in bars? there's a point where any reasonable person says, no, don't sell guns in bar rooms, tap rooms. >> a big issue that the congresswoman and the vice president and everyone has to take into account, if you look back in '94 when bill clinton got the ban on assault weapons through, he did that as part of a big crime bill with a lot of stuff the conservatives wanted like e
to get ill lowell guns off the street. >> reporter: nra did recruiting at this gun show, offering a free ticket for anyone who signed up for their $35 a year membership. as one member said, quote, the more members we have, the more the politicians will have to listen to us. allie rasmus, ktvu channel 2news. >> i have two small children. i sympathize with what happened there. lot of times when you have a tragedy like that, unfortunately, you have an emotional reactionary response. >>> a father against gun control spoke out at a protest in upstate new york this weekend. some residents in saratoga asked for the show to be shut down. the demonstrations stayed peaceful. several thousand people turned out for that gun show. >>> coming up later at 5:30, we'll continue our coverage with a look at the divide over how to prevent gun violence. >>> two people are recovering tonight, including an elderly woman after a gunman opened fire in san francisco's glenn park neighborhood. police were called to a home on alameda boulevard near silver avenue around 10:00 last night. when they arrived, they fou
his recommendation on how to curb gun violence. meanwhile, the head of the nra david king offered his own idea on how to stop gun violence. here's what he said on cnn's "state of the union." >> one of the things that we have pushed for, for a number of years is including those who have been adjudicated to be mental incompetent and potentially dangerous on the list of those people who are prohibited from buying firearms. that has not been done. >> he believes republican lawmakers will not support an outright ban on assault weapons. on cbs' "face the nation," senator john mccain said he would not support such legislation. >>> residents of newtown, connecticut are debating the future of sandy hook elementary school. reopen it or tear it down? the site of last month's mass shooting killed 20 children and six adults. it's still a crime scene. sandy hook students and teachers are holding classes at school in a neighboring town. yesterday newtown residents packed the high school auditorium to discuss what to do with the school now. >> i don't think i
. >>> meanwhile, the head of the nra says it's unlikely congress will pass a new ban on assault weapons. david keene talked about gun control on cnn. he says other things can be done with regard to gun sales. a ban on assault weapons is not the answer. >> one of the things that we have pushed for, for a number of years is including those who have been adjudicated to be mentally incompetent and potentially dangerous on the list of people prohibited from buying firearms. that has not been done. >> vice president joe biden's proposals to curb gun violence could be sent to president obama as early as tomorrow. biden's recommendations will include universal background chicks for gun buyers and new limits on the capacity of magazines. and this is live look at john hopkins right now in baltimore, maryland. this is where michael bloomberg is expected to speak at a gun seminar. it's a gun control summit. maybe we'll check in later to see what he has to say. >>> residents of newtown, connecticut are debating the future of sandy hook elementary school. >> the big ques
to the nra or anybody that says, hey, this isn't the problem, if it's not the problem, it will make a difference, it should make a difference banning them. let's err on the side of caution, keep the kids safe. thank you. >> let me also echo again my appreciation for commissioner dr. joe marshall because omega boys club has been a great partner. they are part of our effort to organize commutes, to intervene as early as we can, and i totally agree with the chief that these particular guns, if you look at them up front and close, you'll see they really shouldn't be in anybody's homes. they're designed to kill folks. many of them military style. i think to bring home the real story here is dr. andrei campbell of our san francisco general hospital, and also on staff at ucsf. he is at the forefront of world class trauma center that we have. and if you go day to day, and certainly with the 67 homicides that we have with the numbers of bodies that were showing up and people have shown up, many of which he saved, many of which he couldn't save that were victims of bullets and violence and gu
a weapon can hold and a ban on assault weapons. several lawmakers and the nra say it has no chance of becoming law. >>> critical meetings this week on capitol hill for former senator chuck hagel. he's come under fire for his remarks about iran and israel in the past. he'll sit down with leading democrat chuck schumer of new york, among others, starting today. hagel got a resounding endorsement yesterday from former secretary of state colin powell. >>> we learned overnight that u.s. forces played a role in a failed rescue attempt in somalia last week. u.s. air ships did enter restricted air space briefly but did not use weapon. the hostage was apparently killed in the raid. >>> beijing is shrouded in a toxic fog this morning. as air pollution continues to soar off the charts. schools have canceled outdoor activities. hospitals are getting flooded with patients with breathing problems. children and the elderly are being warned to stay indoors. the smog being blamed on rapid economic growth and a surge in car ownership. >>> and here at home, a scary situation for hundreds of patients
congress. a recent poll shows a slim majority of americans oppose such a ban, and the nra is ready for battle. >> the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to getan assault weapons ban through this congress. >> reporter: even a democratic senator says it won't happen. >> assault weapons stand -- >> on just guns alone will not in the political reality that we have will not go anywhere. >> reporter: but other provisions may have a chance according to experts. why do hunters need a clip that carries more than ten rounds, and why shouldn't gun buyers at gun shows be required to have their background checked? >> congress surely can and should act to close that loophole and to make more uniform the background check process across all the 50 states. >> reporter: rather than pass laws, one lawmaker is appealing directly to retailers. >> when a mainstream store like walmart says we're not going to do it, it will make people think twice. >> reporter: schumer is hoping these big box stores will not sell assault weapons while congress does debate a potential bill on banning those we
of this as people flock to gun shows. >> the president of the national rifle association says the nra has enough votes at the moment to block a ban on military-style rifles. >> the likely hood is they are not going to get an assault weapons ban through coming. >> joe biden is set to liver his proposals for tougher laws to president obama this week. she expected to recommend reinstituting the assault rifle ban. one was passed in 1994 and expired 10 years later with its effectiveness still debated. universal background checks are required only when a gun is purchased at a retailer. new checks would close the so-called gun show loophole and go even further requiring a check for any private sale of a gun. and limiting magazine clips. some call it a war on amo banning high capacity clips, limiting them to perhaps 10 wounds. 10 rounds. top democratic law i can makers asking for them to suspend until it ends. >> assault rifles and magazine clips are falling off the shelves. >> ironically all of the talk caused a near stampeed of gun buying. people lined up around the block at this gun show in man manch
.d. records had to be kept. and all those were in place and then the nra sponsored legislation in washington that eliminated that. >> as we look at what is happening, you know, a lot of people are saying, well, here's a solution, we need to put armed guards in our schools. your reaction? >> more guns don't lessen violence. >> some critics of your bill said someone on planning an attack that they could just incrementally buy bullets, a mass amount, and still kind of do the same thing. >> well, they could, and, you know, potentially, there will still be a black market or illegal market on bullets. certainly we know any regulation or law we put in won't eliminate all possibilities, but if we could have some hope of law enforcement being able to enforce the prohibitions we now have, or that limit on if i'm enraged and i can just on an impulse buy lots of bullets and then i might act on it, whereas if i had to take a little more time or go out of my way and go to a licensed dealer, maybe i've calmed down in the interim, so maybe i don't -- i'm not in a situation where i'm a mass shooter. so as mu
-capacity magazines. >> i agree with the large capacity magazines. >> over the last 20 days the nra says one of a dozen people joined out of fear of new debt restrictions. they suspect of four-point to million membership will balloon up to 5 million. and they have declared dead national debt appreciation day for people to rally with signs that say hands off my guns. guns rates groups active donating over $20 million to causes. gun-control -- contributed less than any time in 20 years. $4,000 total. the white house tries to level the playing field by tapping richest -- religious leaders, community leaders and teachers for a town hall rally like the campaign. mayor bloomberg reports 500 on negative board in thousand members since the attack on connecticut including another whose daughter was killed two years ago. >> when we find the courage to stand up to the gun lobby ? >> debbie deferreds was a primary attack and nearly killed. she has established a political action committee to raise $20 million to catch up suzy pro-gun side financing. >> turning back to afghanistan $641 billion was spent o
to get the illegal guns off the street. >> reporter: the nra did some recruiting at this gun show offering a free ticket to anyone who signed up for their $35 a year membership. as one volunteer told me quote, the more members we have, the more the politics will have to listen to us. >> unfortunately a lot of times when you have a tragedy like that you have an emotional reactionary response. >> reporter: a father against gun control spoke out at dualing protests outside a gun show. some residents there asked for the event to be shut down after the shootings at sandy hook elementary school. the city did hold the gun show and several hundred people attended. >>> marin county will spend $20,000 on its first ever no question asked gun buy back event. they will pay cash for up to three weapons and then hand out vouchers after that. the guns can be brought to police stations in novato, san rafael, larkspur. >>> the head of the rifle association bet that the bill is going to fail. >> i would bet that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban thro
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